Rubber City Theatre

Rubber City Theatre Affordable Professional Theatre We are a professional theatre company based in Northeast Ohio.
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We urge everyone who is able to call on Congress to pass the Restart Act and help the live entertainment workers who hav...
09/02/2020

We urge everyone who is able to call on Congress to pass the Restart Act and help the live entertainment workers who have been employed since March. Many gigs will not be returning until next spring and many will have reduced number of persons working on them. Help support your arts institutions and workers.
#WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART #ExtendPUA

It’s here! THE ANXIETY PROJECT original cast album is out! We are so happy to be a part of the development of this show!...
08/13/2020
THE ANXIETY PROJECT Original Cast Recording Releases August 13

It’s here! THE ANXIETY PROJECT original cast album is out! We are so happy to be a part of the development of this show! Buy the album, stream and share it. Dean-Brush Music

Featuring book and lyrics by DAVID BRUSH and music by RACHEL DEAN, the new musical The Anxiety Project: Original Cast Recording will be available for purchase and streaming August 13. The cast recording features all 21 show tracks plus a bonus track recorded by CAELAN CREASER (Frozen national tour,....

Today is the #SaveOurStages Ohio Day of Action. Join professional theatres like Rubber City Theatre, the Ohio Citizens f...
08/05/2020

Today is the #SaveOurStages Ohio Day of Action. Join professional theatres like Rubber City Theatre, the Ohio Citizens for the Arts, and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) to boost support of the Save Our Stages Act.

The Save Our Stages Act is a critical piece of federal legislation that would provide $10 billion for six months of financial support to keep live performing venues afloat and preserve an economic sector shuttered since mid-March.

Please share, email, tweet, and spread the word! Your voice matters and will go a long way in helping our federal elected officials understand that we depend on them to help save Ohio's arts.

#SaveOurStages
#SaveOhioStages
#OhioArtsStrong
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08/01/2020
The Winter's Tale - Capstone Project

Did you miss The Winter's Tale - Capstone Project Zoom reading last night? Well you are in luck! You can watch it on YouTube now!
https://youtu.be/kNcNvAX92nw

If you are able to donate to support our programming, please do so at rubbercitytheatre.com

A recording of our July 31, 2020 Zoom reading of The Winter's Tale. This was a capstone project for Artistic Apprentice Russell Aguirre at Rubber City Theatr...

Rubber City Theatre’s free Zoom staged reading of The Winter’s Tale premiers live tonight at 7:30pm! Interested in tunin...
07/31/2020

Rubber City Theatre’s free Zoom staged reading of The Winter’s Tale premiers live tonight at 7:30pm! Interested in tuning in? Register at the link below! You will receive a confirmation email that will include your link and passcode to view the staged reading.

This exciting staged reading of one of Shakespeare’s most unique comedies is the Capstone Project of RCT’s 2019/2020 Artistic Apprentice Russell Aguirre.

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM:
Russell Aguirre -- Director
Sloan Kyler -- Stage Manager
Alex Funk -- Leontes
Katie Wells -- Hermione/Time
Joe Soriano -- Polixenes/Court Officer
Scott Crim -- Antigonus/Autolycus
Kate Klika -- Perdita/Mamilius
Jack Riter -- Clown/ Cleomenes
Manuel Halkias -- Old Shepherd/ Servant
Sam Ost -- Emelia/ Mopsa
Jane Medoro -- Camilla
Tara Corkery -- Paulina/ Dorcas
Lysander Mills -- Florizel/ First Lord

When:TONIGHT Friday July 31st at 7:30pm
Where to register to view the live Zoom performance: https://www.rubbercitytheatre.com/the-winters-tale.html

In these uncertain times Rubber City Theatre feels it is important to continue to provide paid work for our artists both locally and internationally. As always RCT is dedicated to paying our artists both on and off stage (in this case on and off screen). If you enjoy our work please consider donating to help us continue programming like this: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/store/34890/alldonations/28054

Rubber City Theatre is excited to announce the second half of the cast of The Winter’s Tale: A Capstone Project Directed...
07/29/2020

Rubber City Theatre is excited to announce the second half of the cast of The Winter’s Tale: A Capstone Project Directed by RCT’s 2019/2020 Artistic Apprentice Russell Aguirre. Have you registered to view the free live staged reading yet?

What: The Winter’s Tale- A Capstone Project
When: Friday July 31st at 7:30pm
Where to register to view the live Zoom performance: https://www.rubbercitytheatre.com/the-winters-tale.html

In these uncertain times Rubber City Theatre feels it is important to continue to provide paid work for our artists both locally and internationally. As always RCT is dedicated to paying our artists both on and off stage (in this case on and off screen). If you enjoy our work please consider donating to help us continue programming like this: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/store/34890/alldonations/28054

Rubber City Theatre is excited to announce the first half of the cast of The Winter’s Tale: A Capstone Project Directed ...
07/27/2020

Rubber City Theatre is excited to announce the first half of the cast of The Winter’s Tale: A Capstone Project Directed by RCT’s 2019/2020 Artistic Apprentice Russell Aguirre. Have you registered to view the free live staged reading yet?

What: The Winter’s Tale- A Capstone Project
When: Friday July 31st at 7:30pm
Where to register to view the live Zoom performance: https://www.rubbercitytheatre.com/the-winters-tale.html

In these uncertain times Rubber City Theatre feels it is important to continue to provide paid work for our artists both locally and internationally. As always RCT is dedicated to paying our artists both on and off stage (in this case on and off screen). If you enjoy our work please consider donating to help us continue programming like this: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/store/34890/alldonations/28054

The Winter’s Tale: A Capstone Project is one week from today! Have you registered to view the free live streamed reading...
07/24/2020

The Winter’s Tale: A Capstone Project is one week from today! Have you registered to view the free live streamed reading yet?
This exciting staged reading of one of Shakespeare’s most unique comedies is the Capstone Project of RCT’s 2019/2020 Artistic Apprentice Russell Aguirre.

When: Friday July 31st at 7:30pm
Where to register to view the free live Zoom performance: https://www.rubbercitytheatre.com/the-winters-tale.html

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Russell Aguirre is a Texas born Theatre Actor and Director who has spent the last year as RCT's 2019-2020 Artistic Apprentice. A graduate of Texas A&M Corpus Christi (BA Theatre, Acting/Directing Concentration) his previous directing credits include How I Learned to Drive, Mr. Marmalade, and Assistant Directing Jocasta, a devised piece based on Oedipus Rex. With Rubber City Theatre, Russell has served as an Assistant Director for Sherlock Holmes and the workshop for the world premier musical On the Line, a Dramaturg for The Revolutionists and Christmas Carol, and recently played Longaville in Love's Labour's Lost. He also assisted with RCT's Fall Youth Theatre Conservatory and was an Assistant Director/Stage Manager for Avenue Arts' production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in Canton.

About our Apprenticeships: https://www.rubbercitytheatre.com/apprenticeships.html

In these uncertain times Rubber City Theatre feels it is important to continue to provide paid work for our artists both locally and internationally. As always RCT is dedicated to paying our artists both on and off stage (in this case on and off screen). If you enjoy our work please consider donating to help us continue programming like this: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/store/34890/alldonations/28054

Rehearsals are under way for The Winter’s Tale: A Capstone Project! Have you registered to attend the live Zoom reading ...
07/21/2020

Rehearsals are under way for The Winter’s Tale: A Capstone Project! Have you registered to attend the live Zoom reading yet?!?
This exciting staged reading of one of Shakespeare’s most unique comedies is the Capstone Project of RCT’s 2019/2020 Artistic Apprentice Russell Aguirre. The talented cast and crew join us virtually from Ohio to Texas!
Check back in the next few days for the full cast announcement!
What: The Winter’s Tale- A Capstone Project
When: Friday July 31st at 7:30pm Streamed live
Where to register to view the live Zoom performance: https://www.rubbercitytheatre.com/the-winters-tale.html

In these uncertain times Rubber City Theatre feels it is important to continue to provide paid work for our artists both locally and internationally. As always RCT is dedicated to paying our artists both on and off stage (in this case on and off screen). If you enjoy our work please consider donating to help us continue programming like this: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/store/34890/alldonations/28054

07/20/2020
The Red Room: A Radio Mystery Play

RCT’s 2020 Summer Conservatory students have been hard at work the last 6 Saturdays in our first virtual summer camp! This talented group of rising 4th-9th graders are excited to share their recording of The Red Room: A Mystery Radio Play!

So sit back, relax, close your eyes and listen to the mystery unfold!
Our recorded performance provides the character names to help the audience follow along.

It is also available on our Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/-1FP5OlMs64

The Red Room was originally written by the 2019/2020 Theatre Styles Class at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts here in Akron. The play was adapted into a radio play by Alex Funk and the 2020 RCT Summer Conservatory students. It was directed by Alex Funk and Katie Wells.
Below is the cast of our production:

NATALIYA KOWALSKI……….Miss Milana Arnold
FLORENCE HENDERSON….Miss London Wilson
CHARLOTTE GREY…………Miss Kourtney Gierke
GOVERNOR WILLIAM EDWARDS………Mr. Wittman Sullivan
MARY WALSH……………………………Miss Prudence Stephenson
GEORGIA ADAMS……………………….Miss Ahmara Scales
OLIVIA ADAMS…………………………Miss Emily Sullivan
LADY ELINOR MCCLELLAN…………Miss Noa Beree
NARRATOR……………………………Mr. Alex Funk

If you enjoy our work please consider a donation to help us continue our programming in these uncertain times: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/store/34890/alldonations/28054

Meet the Cast of The Red Room: A Mystery Radio Play!Performed by the 2020 Virtual Summer Youth Conservatory Students!Tun...
07/20/2020

Meet the Cast of The Red Room: A Mystery Radio Play!
Performed by the 2020 Virtual Summer Youth Conservatory Students!

Tune in tonight July 20th at 7pm on RCT’s page and Youtube channel to listen in to the recording

Character: LADY ELINOR MCCLELLAN - MARY’s Scottish cousin.
Voiced By: Noa Beree

Character: MARY WALSH - daughter of French Premier; egotistical and rude.
Voiced by: Prudence Stephenson

Meet the Cast of The Red Room: A Mystery Radio Play! Performed by the 2020 Virtual Summer Youth Conservatory Students! T...
07/20/2020

Meet the Cast of The Red Room: A Mystery Radio Play!
Performed by the 2020 Virtual Summer Youth Conservatory Students!

Tune in tonight July 20th at 7pm on RCT’s page and Youtube channel to listen in to the recording

Character: CHARLOTTE GREY - American escort; demure and soft.
Voiced by: Kourtney Gierke

Character: GEORGIA ADAMS - British detective; identical twin sister to OLIVIA.
Voiced by: Ahmara Scales

Meet the Cast of The Red Room: A Mystery Radio Play! Performed by the 2020 Virtual Summer Youth Conservatory Students! T...
07/20/2020

Meet the Cast of The Red Room: A Mystery Radio Play!
Performed by the 2020 Virtual Summer Youth Conservatory Students!

Tune in tonight July 20th at 7pm on RCT’s page and Youtube channel to listen in to the recording

Character: NATALIYA KOWALSKI - rich lady from Russia; selfish and dramatic.
Voiced by: Milana Arnold

Character: FLORENCE HENDERSON - NATALIYA’s maid; nervous.
Voiced by: London Wilson

Meet the Cast of The Red Room: A Mystery Radio Play! Performed by the 2020 Virtual Summer Youth Conservatory Students! T...
07/20/2020

Meet the Cast of The Red Room: A Mystery Radio Play!
Performed by the 2020 Virtual Summer Youth Conservatory Students!

Tune in tonight July 20th at 7pm on RCT’s page and Youtube channel to listen in to the recording!

Character:GOVERNOR WILLIAM EDWARDS II - rich politician; has affair with MARY.
Voiced by: Wittman Sullivan

Character: DETECTIVE OLIVIA ADAMS -British detective; identical twin sister to GEORGIA
Voiced by: Emily Sullivan

RCT’s 2020 Summer Conservatory students have been hard at work the last 5 Saturdays in our first virtual summer camp! Th...
07/18/2020

RCT’s 2020 Summer Conservatory students have been hard at work the last 5 Saturdays in our first virtual summer camp! This talented group of rising 4th-9th graders are excited to share their recording of The Red Room: A Mystery Radio Play!

When: The evening of Monday July 20th, 2020

Where you can listen in: Here on our page and RCT's Youtube Channel!

Over the last 6 weeks the students have spent a total of 12 hours exploring a new style of performance, building experience with adapting a play, working on character development and have been introduced to beginner accent work and creating sound effects with objects from around the house.

The Red Room was originally written by the 2019/2020 Theatre Styles Class at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts here in Akron. The play was adapted into a radio play by Alex Funk and the 2020 RCT Summer Conservatory students. It was directed by Alex Funk and Katie Wells.
Below is the cast of our production.

NATALIYA KOWALSKI………………….... Milana Arnold
FLORENCE HENDERSON……………... London Wilson
CHARLOTTE GREY…………………….….. Kourtney Gierke
GOVERNOR WILLIAM EDWARDS … Wittman Sullivan
MARY WALSH………………………………Prudence Stephenson
GEORGIA ADAMS………………………. Ahmara Scales
OLIVIA ADAMS……………………………Emily Sullivan
LADY ELINOR MCCLELLAN………… Noa Beree
NARRATOR…………………………………… Alex Funk

06/19/2020
Karamu House

Looking for something to do today to celebrate Juneteenth? Support Karamu House’s original theatrical production tonight at 7pm!

We can tell you again and again to join us this Friday at 7 p.m. EST. But, just go ahead and see a sneak peek of our original theatrical production, "Freedom on Juneteenth," to be streamed live—and decide for yourself.

Now imagine getting to see all of this for a full one-hour. We're proud to be America's oldest Black producing theater. This #BlackLivesMatter artistic response and celebration of #Juneteenth streams live Friday, June 19.

Visit our website, or go directly to http://www.freedomonjuneteenth for full event details.

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06/11/2020

Rubber City Theatre

06/11/2020
Shakespeare in the Living Room Sonnet 30

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” -William Shakespeare
Rubber City Theatre is excited to share the final video in the Shakespeare in the Living Room Series! RCT actors bring Shakespeare’s scenes and monologues to the 21st century and perform in their living rooms...or kitchens, or bedrooms, or closets! Today the talented Christine McBurney shares Shakespeare’s Sonnet 30.
Check out our other video series “SEVEN MINUTES WITH” where RCT sits down with local theatre professionals to learn more about their individual careers and why they chose NorthEast Ohio to work!
If you enjoy our work and would like to make a donation to RCT: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/store/34890/alldonations/28054

06/10/2020

Today is the last day to sign up for RCT’s virtual 6-week Mystery Radio-Play summer camp! Don’t miss out on this exciting and affordable opportunity! Rubber City Theatre is taking our engaging Summer Conservatory Camp ONLINE! Join RCT Saturday afternoons through Zoom to create a new mystery radio play to be performed through zoom and shared on our social media and Youtube accounts! Explore playwriting techniques, voice and accent work and create your own sound effects while making new friends and learning from professionals currently working in the theatre industry!
SIGN UP DEADLINE: TODAY WEDNESDAY JUNE 10th
Saturday afternoons 12pm-2pm
June 13th-July 18th (6 weeks of lessons)
Students in grades 4th-10th (If your student falls just outside these categories please reach out, we will make exceptions!)
The final performance will be recorded on July 18th and presented on July 20th
Tuition: $75 *
*Pay-What-You-Can: We believe quality professional theatrical training should be available to ALL! See our website for information on how to take advantage of this program for those who need it.
For more info or to sign up: https://www.rubbercitytheatre.com/conservatory.html

06/08/2020

RCT’s virtual summer camp begins this Saturday! Have you signed up your creative student yet? Rubber City Theatre is taking our engaging Summer Conservatory Camp ONLINE! Join RCT Saturday afternoons through Zoom to create a new Mystery Radio Play to be performed through zoom and shared on our social media and Youtube accounts! Explore playwriting techniques, voice and accent work and create your own sound effects while making new friends and learning from professionals currently working in the theatre industry!
Sign up deadline:This Wednesday June 10th

Saturday afternoons 12pm-2pm
June 13th-July 18th (6 weeks of lessons)
Students in grades 4th-10th (If your student falls just outside these categories please reach out, we will make exceptions!)
The final performance will be recorded on July 18th and presented on July 20th
Tuition: $75 *
*Pay-What-You-Can: We believe quality professional theatrical training should be available to ALL! See our website for information on how to take advantage of this program for those who need it.
For more info or to sign up: https://www.rubbercitytheatre.com/conservatory.html

Thank you Akron Community Foundation for your continued support! Congratulations to all the awardees!
06/07/2020
Akron Community Foundation funds distribute nearly $4 million in quarterly grants - Akron Community Foundation

Thank you Akron Community Foundation for your continued support! Congratulations to all the awardees!

Competitive grants support arts and culture programs in Summit County AKRON, Ohio (June 5, 2020) – Today, Akron Community Foundation’s board of directors approved grants totaling $3,907,981, including $521,000 in competitive arts and culture grants chosen by the foundation’s Community Investme...

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06/02/2020

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05/31/2020

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MEET THE TEACHERS FOR OUR VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP!Alex Funk: Alex Funk, originally from Columbus, is an actor and teacher in...
05/30/2020

MEET THE TEACHERS FOR OUR VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP!
Alex Funk:
Alex Funk, originally from Columbus, is an actor and teacher in the Akron area. He holds a B. A. in Theatre Arts from U of A with licensure to teach Drama/Theatre. He teaches theatre at Miller South School VPA. He has worked for Weathervane Playhouse, OSF, The Greater Cleveland Aquarium, The Salvation Army and Rubber City Theatre. Acting credits include A View from the Bridge (Rodolpho), The Great God Brown (Billy Brown), Henry IV: Part 1 (Gadshill), The Bacchae 2012 (Dionysus), As You Like It (Rosalind), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius, Oberon/Theseus), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick) Macbeth (Hecate/Malcolm), Hamlet (Hamlet), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio/Prince), Tame (Horace), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Sherlock Holmes) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Berowne).

Rubber City Theatre is taking our engaging Summer Conservatory Camp ONLINE! Join RCT Saturday afternoons through Zoom to write and create a new mystery radio play to be performed through zoom and shared on our social media and Youtube accounts! Explore playwriting techniques, voice and accent work and create your own sound effects while making new friends and learning from professionals currently working in the theatre industry!
Saturday afternoons 12pm-2pm through ZOOM
June 13th-July 18th (6 weeks of lessons)
Students in grades 4th-10th (If your student falls just outside these categories please reach out, we will make exceptions!)
The final performance will be recorded on July 18th and presented on July 20th
Tuition: $75 *
*Pay-What-You-Can: We believe quality professional theatrical training should be available to ALL! See our website for information on how to take advantage of this program for those who need it.
For more info or to sign up: https://www.rubbercitytheatre.com/conservatory.html

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Love's Labour's Lost Opening soon! Get your tickets for this hysterically funny show! (Katie and I are both in this show!)
I saw this R&J yesterday afternoon and I highly recommend it to any of you in the area. There are 4 more performances (25-28 April) in its run. The Romeo (Logan Honsaker) and Juliet (September Stanton) are just the sort of unruly teenagers the play needs, but it is also the case that Mariana Gordon is one of the best Nurses I have ever seen. Christine McBurney’s direction is also good and interesting. Verona is just as dangerous a place as you thought it might be.
Must See Cinema for actors and Theater lovers
We open this show on Friday, and run through the end of October. My fellow actors' talents blow me away—and that's listening from backstage when I'm not in a scene. Imagine what it'll be like for you as an audience member!
Such a wonderful review in the Akron Beacon Journal today...we can't wait to see the show tonight!
Rubber City Theater Presents: CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL Directed by Michele McNeal Thursdays- Sunday’s Through December 23,2017 http://www.rubbercitytheatre.com PERFORMANCE VENUE AT 2207 ROMIG RD, AKRON, OH 44320 A CHRISTMAS CAROL is perennial family fare every holiday season for its messages of social consciousness, charity, and the human necessity for joy and fellowship. The relevance of Charles Dickens’ work is still as prevalent today as greed and miserliness against the poor and down trodden by the rich can still bring societal strife and hopelessness to many. The message that a conversion from a miserly curmudgeon to benevolent humanitarian is always possible is one of optimism that audiences and humanity at large crave. Charles Dickens was outraged at the conditions in which the poor and working class lived and wished to draw the upper classes attention to pertinent plight with his prose; indeed, if he were to live in present day, most of the themes of the need for social conscience and benevolence would be as pertinent today. This tale as told by the ensemble cast of Rubber City Theater is filled with wit and sagacity. Scrooge (as played by Chris Simmons) could be a contemporary of those who most currently hold titles in our nation’s highest office. Ebenezer Scrooge’s contempt and dismissal of those who are downtrodden as lazy and negligent and his conversion from a man of greed and viciousness to one of compassion and altruism is one of hope that will cheer audiences of every age and background. Michele McNeal directs a very accomplished cast with a clever balance of wit and dexterous insight into societal introspection that makes this period piece in vogue. Stand out performances by Eric Mansfield (as Bob Cratchitt, Ebenezer Scrooge’s ill treated and underpaid clerk) and the three ghosts of Christmases past, present and future make this production standout from the competitive theater season this time of year. Mansfield plays Cratchitt as a kind of everyman underdog Steve Carell has perfected for the Big Screen; he is hopeful and cheery despite home and work strife and unpleasantness. Erin Moore (as the ghost of Christmas past) deftly walks a tightrope between ebullience and pedagogy at once compassionate of Scrooge’s fate and foreboding of his providence. The Ghost of Christmas Present (Sean Taylor) is a commanding presence and scene-stealer whose voice of pragmatism and contrition motivate Scrooge and push the narrative toward neighborliness and acts of goodwill. Cait McNeal (as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come) is foreboding and compelling in her silence. Shelby Carlisle stands out as Belle an effervescent admirer of young Ebenezer who later becomes his anguished wife. Michele McNeal’s costume design is a signature piece of this presentations success; her costumes bring this period piece memorable vividness and transform the ghosts into evocative raconteurs. RUBBER CITY THEATER continues to earn its place as a one of the Country’s finest millennial theater companies - one that makes great theater accessible family fare.
Congratulations on your recent arts and culture grant, which will support the 2017-2018 season. We appreciate your partnership and for providing this theatre experience for community members!